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Poster: rosey842 Date: May 13, 2007 6:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: NRPS current line-up..

Haven't checked their website yet, thought I'd check here first. Supposedly they are to play in Pennsylvania later this summer. I didn't even know they are still together. Is it the original lineup, etc. & are they still worth checking out? Thanks.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 13, 2007 7:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NRPS current line-up..

No Marmaduke. Also, i never could get into Flazarono ( who's played with Jorma for over 20 years )but he's a helluva nice guy. The main thing is the band has Dave Nelson in it so to me that makes them worth checking out. Dave Nelson is the real deal. I can't understand why more of the old faithful don't talk him up more.

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Poster: eyeballjackson Date: May 13, 2007 10:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NRPS current line-up..

Well he was Jerry's old pal, right? I haven't heard Jerry drop any names lately. He was in the trio with Hunter IIRC. So I would look to him.

But I agree, NRPS never got talked up much after the 70s...

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Poster: cush212 Date: May 13, 2007 10:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NRPS current line-up..

Here's some good David Nelson/NRPS stuff...

http://www.archive.org/details/nrps2006-04-08.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/dnf2005-08-01.flac16

http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=506305

Number one was a GD family night at the Sweetwater, Robert Hunter joined at the end. 2 was the 10th anniversary of Jerry's departure, very emotional show all around. 3 has Phil playing the entire 1st set, I have downloaded it but have not heard it yet...

Dave is always worth a listen, if he was in the neighborhood, I'd be there!

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 13, 2007 11:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NRPS current line-up..

I'm not sure what your saying. What I was trying to say is that the Dave Nelson Band is seriously under rated and that the current NRPS lineup doesn't have any of the originals ( I believe John Dawson is the only other member alive and he isn't playing with this lineup ), but because Dave Nelson is in the band it should be good.

Is that better?

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Poster: eyeballjackson Date: May 13, 2007 11:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NRPS current line-up..

I read you better now, but either way I agree.

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Poster: cush212 Date: May 13, 2007 11:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NRPS current line-up..

Buddy Cage is still playing pedal steel in NRPS... I did read awhile ago that John Dawson was interested, but his health is very poor and he is not able to play... Here is one more link for the full Trio show, the earlier one was just the 1st set w/ Phil...

http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=506305

This post was modified by cush212 on 2007-05-14 06:39:06

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 14, 2007 8:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NRPS current line-up..

I didn't think Buddy Cage was playing with them. That makes it even better.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: May 14, 2007 5:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NRPS current line-up..

The reason, IMHO, that NRPS never took off is that they were never much more than an opener for the Dead. When Jerry played pedal steel, folks listened up. Nelson is a great picker, but Dave Torbert--who left in the mid seventies--wasn't much of a bassist and Marmaduke was, frankly, a mediocre vocalist whose songwriting skills were somewhat sophomoric. Once they went out on their own, they were ultimately received as an upper level bar band. If you get hold of some of the earl;y NRPS tapes--even those with Jerry-you will hear a band that is very inconsistent at best, and very derivative to boot.

As much as I waited for and enjoyed their first two releases, they don't hold up.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 14, 2007 10:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NRPS current line-up..

I think you nailed it with the songwriting. Gram Parsons imo is the king of the whole country/california sound and his songwriting definately holds up imo.

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Poster: rosey842 Date: May 14, 2007 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NRPS current line-up..

I agree, no comparison. If Gram was still with us....just imagine what he would be doing. NRPS is fine & I enjoy the shows where they opened for the Dead, of course Jerry on pedal steel may have something to do with that. The date in PA hasn't been confirmed yet, but based on everyones input I'll check it out if it happens. There are a lot worse shows one could go to.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 14, 2007 12:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NRPS current line-up..

" There are a lot worse shows one could go to. "

Don't ever forget what you have. Up here in Alaska shows that are worth going to are few and far between and NEVER anything in the Dead family : (

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: May 15, 2007 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: don't get me wrong

which is an easy thing to do--I think Nelson is a master at what he does. I think that that original group--when they were on--were tight as could be. I do like the first two lps, and when the first was released, I played it over and over. Marmaduke had good creds, but I just never liked his slightly off key voice.

When the original line up was around--Marmaduke, Nelson, Jerry, Phil, and Mickey, the shows were fun.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 15, 2007 11:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: don't get me wrong

hey Ghost? Are you familiar with Nelsons recent band? If not my .02 is they capture with credibility the sort of 71 Dead type sound - twangy and trippy. Nothing earth shattering original but damn good at what they do imo.

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Poster: rastamon Date: May 15, 2007 12:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: don't get me wrong

check out this great Phil & Friends show with Dave Nelson-
he fit in Jerrys spot very nicely, and Billy on drums
http://www.archive.org/details/1999-07-03.paf.sbd.mattman.18900.sbeok.flacf

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 15, 2007 12:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: don't get me wrong

Absolutely! I've had this on tape for awhile but need to upgrade to the SBD and CD. The Pride of Cucamonga is worth it alone but the rest is great too. Second best Phil lineup after the April Trey/Page lineup.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: May 15, 2007 11:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NRPS current line-up..

where is that gram parsons/grateful dead release???

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=71907

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Poster: daliguana Date: May 14, 2007 6:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NRPS current line-up..

A friend just gave me a copy of the show they did in Albuquerque in January, I was really impressed. I'd go and see them if given the chance. I'm really sorry to have missed what sounds like a stellar show.